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10 years ago I stumbled across a type of housing that would change my life forever. As a partner in a small development company we built our first Granny Unit and it opened my eyes to a product so desperately needed by families throughout the state. Today, Backyard Homes are the main product I design and build and this blog is about bringing that information to you, both good and bad.

New Project – Not a backyard home

By backyardhomepro

While we were putting the finishing touches on the Walnut Creek home I got a call from a couple in Fremont that wanted to build something for their mother to stay in.   The property slopes down from the street, the home is a split level and they wanted the space to be accessible from the lower level so their mother would not have to use stairs regularly.  There was  a small area just outside the Living Room before the property terraced down again. 

After looking at a few ideas we came up with a 490sqft. addition plan that would connect to the lower level and not need a kitchen since the main homes kitchen is also on that level.  The resulting plan was put together and approved by the city, but not without some city induced changes.  For those of you unfamiliar with California fire codes, this home requires the entire exterior to be finished with non-combustible materials.  The home is in an area designated as a WUI zone (Wildland Urban Interface) which is pretty much most of the rural areas of the state and hilly open space areas within some cities.  Over the past couple years we have built several homes to this requirement, but this is the first within city limits. 

The owners also did not want the project to exceed a certain budget and if we did this as a full second unit (with kitchen) the permit fees (and impact fees) would have pushed us over the top.   We completed this project  in two months and below are some photos of the completed addition.  We should also have some virtual tours posted soon.

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